1. Video goes viral on social media, helps expose petrol pump scam in Mumbai

Video goes viral on social media, helps expose petrol pump scam in Mumbai

Thanks to this 35-year-old entrepreneur, Mumbai citizens are unlikely to be exploited by petrol pumps across the city.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 3, 2017 6:38 PM
facebook viral video, petrol pump, petrol pump scam, ami shethi, mumbai petrol pump People who had been cheated in a similar manner by the petrol pumps sent messages and assured her that they were with her in the online campaign. (PTI)

Thanks to this 35-year-old entrepreneur, Mumbai citizens are unlikely to be exploited by petrol pumps across the city. When Ami Seth went to the petrol pump on February 28 she probably did not know that that she was going to unmask a scam that had probably been running for years. Ami Sethi on Tuesday went to a petrol pump at Charkop and heard another woman complain about her petrol meter needle not touching the ‘full’ mark. Instead of just arguing with the petrol pump operators, Sethi made a video showing a Rs 300 bill and claiming that the petrol of that value was not filled in the vehicle.

According to a report by DNA, Sethi made another video inside a police station after the police refused to file a complaint. Sethi’s videos soon gathered momentam with support pouring in from all sides. People who had been cheated in a similar manner by the petrol pumps sent messages and assured her that they were with her in the online campaign. She also got support from a radio channel which aired her interview on Sunday.

The effects of the online campaign started showing from day 2 when Sethi got a call from Bharat Petroleum Deputy Manager. “Day 2 of complain #BharatPetroleum Dy Manager called and asked to visit the Petrol Pump. Karan Mehta @karanjpmehta , who producer for 1 of the show on Sunday at Radio City accompanied me to the Petrol Pump. “ Sethi wrote on a facebook post. On inspection it was observed that the dispenser was dispensing 30 and 35 ml less fuel in every 5 litres of Petrol and Diesel respectively.

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  1. K
    Mar 4, 2017 at 9:14 am
    This is the same case everywhere even in delhi also they should make sure that a regular check of petrol pumps m should be there all corrupt politicians. EVERY TIME THEY ARE CAUGHT THEY FIND A WAY TO ESCAPE
    1. S
      Mar 4, 2017 at 1:05 am
      What modi is doing is he sleeping he shuld sack his petroleum minister immediatly
      1. S
        Mar 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm
        I fill petrol ⛽️ only from S Petrol pumps. They provide good service... n I never felt like they cheat to anyone. This is the only way where we can teach government by filling our petrols in Private pumps instead of government pumps.
        1. A
          Mar 4, 2017 at 3:38 am
          Wow! What a solution? We will not do anything to unearth the scam - this lady tried and we all stand behind her - this thing has to stop - At least address the PM of this Country with respect.... i get less water in flush from the last few days yet i pay full water taxes - should we sack the water and irrigation minister? If there is a robbery in your area should we sack the home minister? Why dont you march to all the petrol pumps and do some checks?
          1. B
            Mar 4, 2017 at 7:42 am
            This is just a tip of the iceberg. There are so many malpractices going on at petrol pumps. The Government should look into this matter seriously and get their act together and stop this or it will be just overlooked as always and forgotten as they know public memory is very short and people are burdened with so many other issues that they have no time to pursue the matter. Hats off to Sethi for the courage and time spent to expose this issue.
            1. S
              Mar 4, 2017 at 3:10 am
              U mean to say that for every wrong doing of a child or family members, his/ her parents or g parents should be punished. U should not have such opinion.
              1. K
                Mar 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                IOCL petrol pump opposite Hub Mall is one such pump. They tried to confuse, asking for the card etc and fill petrol starting from 100 reading. I always have a doubt on the quany they fill.As rightly pointed out by other readers here, there must be fool proof technology for the fuel we are paying from hard earned cash.
                1. Al Farooq
                  Mar 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm
                  he he he .... we are ss, why cry over malpractices and corruption. Why ask the govt do the sincere job, when the Govt itself is being run by a bunch of baboons who have been sent to mind us... So don't ask the Govt to the job, but take it on yourself to do the correction. If the entire Indian potion can vote and send baboons to govern us surely we can teach them also how to govern honestly.....
                  1. J
                    Mar 4, 2017 at 4:48 am
                    A year old petrol pump at Goregaon Highway "Indian Oil" pla the same game with me. I challenged the manager and caught him. He apologized stating some mistake with the dispensar. Later filled excess petrol and said would look into this issue. I haven't filled petrol since then from that pump. Ref - Jacob 9930141176
                    1. S
                      Mar 4, 2017 at 3:21 am
                      I think there should be some regular snap checking of all petrol pump and anyone who found with fraudulent means, strong action against the culprit should be taken by law enforcement authority.
                      1. K
                        Mar 4, 2017 at 2:14 am
                        He have better work to do ... like control anti nation people ....n it is going on since independence
                        1. Krishnan Iyer
                          Mar 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm
                          Also, one moron distracts you while the other is filling petrol. When you demand 300, they deliberately fill for 100 and then when you look at the reading he then asks 'oh you said 300? Sorry', and without resetting it back to 0, they punch 200. So the machine starts filling from 100 to 200. This way you only get a total of 200 Rs worth of petrol. They do that all the time in the BPCL pumps near Defence Colony and also the Indian Oil pump in Srinivaspuri. As for Ghaziabad, Noida, almost all pumps are criminal elements.
                          1. M
                            Mar 4, 2017 at 2:28 am
                            Govt know every thing but they dont do any thing.Its in every dept
                            1. Parvez Meherhomji
                              Mar 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                              Very nice work. The petrol pump should have to pay a very very hefty monetary fine. Furthermore, they should be shut down for minimum a fortnight, and all their fuel machines be recalibrated and rechecked at owner's cost. The cops who didn't file an FIR AT ONCE should be immediately dismissed from service and permanently disqualified from holding any civil or government job again.
                              1. S
                                sanjib chatterjee
                                Mar 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                                Cheating in every sphere is the only business thriving in India be it mobile, finance and every goods and services.There is no regulator and the govt is mere spectetor.
                                1. V
                                  Mar 3, 2017 at 6:12 pm
                                  Yeah i have doubt of the petrol pumps in pune ...everytime i feel that they are cheating ...this happens at few selected petrol pumps
                                  1. A
                                    Mar 4, 2017 at 3:13 am
                                    not just 35 ml instead 35 ml from every customer everyday..that does make a huge difference
                                    1. S
                                      Somenath Chatterjee
                                      Mar 4, 2017 at 4:56 am
                                      35 ml in 5 lt is so small that a car's meter wont be able to detect. What bogus news is this? They should have asked for a meter bill then and there which would have shown how much m3 or Lt was actually dispensed and again asked for a manual check using a measuring jar. BPCL is just going to chuck it as metering and calibration issue. As a customer you have the right to ask for a measurement check if you are in doubt. Ofcourse you have to buy that 1 lt of fuel used for measurement.
                                      1. Sukrut Jobanputra
                                        Mar 4, 2017 at 3:27 am
                                        It is high time the petrol-diesel theft at petrol pumps is addressed. It is a well known practice and yet no stringent actions have been taken.
                                        1. C
                                          Mar 5, 2017 at 5:53 am
                                          Right. And Modi should also be sacked
                                          1. R
                                            Mar 4, 2017 at 2:42 am
                                            Dear GuyFor some body mistake why u want Modi. For 35 ml you want to sack petroleum minister....woh..what a mentality.
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